Farewell from Miss Teen Indiana International 2014

2014-07-03 20.41.13As I write my farewell letter to close out my year as Miss Teen Indiana International; I can only remember all the great times I had.  I will cherish them forever. This letter is to highlight my year, no tears.

I began my journey the day after Christmas of 2013 with a phone call from Ms Mary Richardson saying, “Congratulations Katelynne, you were chosen as Miss Teen Indiana International 2014. I wish you all the best.” What a gift to receive!  Even then I did not realize the impact that this year would make on my life.  So, I would first like to thank Mary Richardson for the opportunity of a lifetime. The International Pageant system is an experience that means the world to me.  You have offered me an opportunity to share my message, the chance to improve myself personally and professionally, and the amazing chance to make new friends along the way.  I thank you for your encouragement, kind words, and support throughout my reign.  You are changing the lives of so many young women today, and for that I thank you.

One of the things that attracted me to the International Pageant system was the emphasis they place on giving back and finding a way to serve in your community whether it is on a local, national, or global scale.  As part of the process, I had to identify a cause in which to dedicate my time, and and with that in mind, I found a second home. The American Heart Association gave light to my title and to my life. I was so inspired with their belief in me and my power to change lives with my own heart story. Being diagnosed with a heart condition just means you have a bigger heart to give out more love, someone close told me that to make me not worry. When I was first diagnosed, it was a very scary time for me.  My family and I coped with it through education.  That is one of the reasons I chose the American Heart Association as my platform to give back.  By helping the AHA, I was able to share my story and keep learning along the way.  When people heard my story I felt like there was a renewed sense of hope within many across Indiana. Thank you for everything AHA, I will be eternally grateful.

Where would I be without my life-saving Nicole Pollard. You are not only my coach, but a trusted mentor and what I consider to be a true friend.  Thank you for the advice, coaching and friendship. You continuously support and believe in me, even when I didn’t. I don’t know where I would be without your advice and expertise. You are so talented and are giving girls so much in return. Thank you, and I love you so much.  I can’t wait to see what we work on next!

To the sponsors who gave their donations and their hearts to Miss Teen Indiana International, thank you. You dressed me, donated to my journey to Jacksonville, and gave your best expertise to make me a better teen contestant.  There were so many that it is tough to list you all, but know that my family and I appreciate all of your support during this last year.

The family and friends, who have sponsored and donated time and money to send me to Miss Teen International, thank you. Your contribution is appreciated and I wouldn’t have got as far as I did without your support. You all know who you are…

Chrissy, my little sister who would rather not claim me, Thank you for your calming thoughts during Miss Teen International and your endless support, even during your sweet sixteenth birthday.

To my crazy, yet loving parents who acted as manager, director, sponsor, and non-stop taxi for me- thank you from the bottom of my heart. I have no words to describe how much you have helped me flourish with my reign. The endless amount of love and encouragement you gave me was appreciated and will never be forgotten. I can always count on you and know you have my back. I remember my dad giving me a little kid crown before my first state pageant saying, “You will always be a princess to me” and I will never forget that moment. You guys always believed in me and put up with my mood swings when I was having my rough days. I love you both.

Thank you everyone. This year has taught me so much that I will continue to use in my lifetime. This past year has been rewarding and exciting combined with my graduation and journey to college.  I have BIG plans for 2015 and am currently working to achieve those goals both professionally and personally.  So for now, I bid you farewell as Miss Teen Indiana International 2014, but look for new adventures to come and wish me luck!

Xoxo

Katelynne Newton
Miss Teen Indiana International 2014

How to Deal with Stress When You Are Too Busy

imagesThe most important thing to think about is that you take on what you personally can handle. I have found many activities that keep me busy and that can sometimes be hard on a person. My senior year I took on being on the varsity dance team, being a secretary for National Honors Society of Dance Arts, pageants and eventually becoming Miss Teen Indiana International, and all the responsibilities that go with a title. On top of all of this, I had to focus on school and squeeze in time for friends and family. Keeping myself busy led to great achievements and I wouldn’t change a thing. There is a time where I got super stressed and needed ways to help. I will inform you of 3 steps to deal with stress.

Step #1- Always keep a positive outlook on your busy schedule and towards your peers. When we get stressed out we tend to take it out on others and that leads to conflict if that person doesn’t realize what kind of stress you are put under. By staying positive you can get further with people and be able have many connections to where peers will help.

Step #2- Take everything one step at a time. It’s great to be able to multi-task but you need to have times to breathe. I always made sure I would get enough sleep and plenty to eat so I wouldn’t pick up any bad habits. By taking your obligations one step at a time you can do the job more efficiently, and that will create a more positive outcome.

Step #3- Make sure you give yourself a break every now and then. If you are handling a lot; over time it will catch up to you. If you are doing homework take a break and go for a walk, If you are working on a big project and are stuck, go out with friends or family, or if you are stressed out about a big competition take a small nap to just recollect your thoughts and relax.

The most important thing to remember is to relax and have fun. It’s not healthy to put too much stress on yourself, so if you are feeling stressed I hope you find my three easy tips to stay stress-free helpful.

Sincerely yours,

Katelynne Newton
♕♛ Miss Teen Indiana International ♕♛

2014 American Heart Association Heart Walk-Indy

Today’s the day!  I came home from college to attend the 2014 American Heart Association Heart Walk here in Indianapolis.  I was able to catch up with all of my friends with the AHA.  I volunteered today in the Community … Continue reading

What’s Next: A whole new world…

imagesThe change from living at home to living in a dorm with a new best friend…the transition to College

Living at home is thought of as being warm and having everything you could need. I love being home with my family and spending time watching movies. This past month I moved to Indiana State University where I found my home for the next four years. Ever since I stepped foot on this campus I fell in love with it because of the culture and the surrounding people who make it so warm.

I recently moved into Hines Hall. I moved in with a new best friend and we are loving sharing a space together. Luckily we got the premium dorms and have our own bathroom and a walk-in closet that has so much space and room to hangout.  Pretty rare for college dorms, so we are excited about that.  We love our neighbors and always have our door open to meet new people.

Starting classes was an adjustment from high school.  Having a schedule that is condensed in some areas and wide open in others…I can see that I am really going to have to learn to be effective with my time. I am so excited to start learning about my major. Indiana State cares so much about their Fashion majors and helps us with everything and anything we need. The program is growing and the more students they can get,  the more the faculty they can get as well. I’m so excited to begin a new chapter in my life here at Indiana State and then in my career. Thank you all who have supported me in my journey and who keep supporting me towards my dreams.  I will still be out and about on occasion!  In fact, you can find me this weekend at the American Heart Association’s Annual Heart Run/Walk 5K.  I will be there handing out superhero capes, sharing my story and cheering the athletes and families on.  Come visit me and you too can have a ton of fun celebrating your heart heroes.  And last but certainly not least, I am excited to have just complete Sorority Rush Week and am thrilled to be a Zeta Tau Alpha Pledge.  I will share more about that in my next post.

Love,
Katelynne
Miss Teen Indiana International 2014 ♕ ♚ ♛

Say a Prayer for Katelynne Tomorrow!

2014-07-29 19.07.14Tomorrow is Katelynne’s BIGGEST day of the pageant as she competes in Interview, which is 40% of her entire score!  During this time she is able to share the story of her platform (advocating for heart health), talk about what she has done this past year and what her goals are in the future.

Please take a moment to wish her well and tell her you are thinking of her on this day!

You’ve GOT this Katelynne!  This is what you have worked so hard to do.  Show them your inner beauty and the rest will shine though.  We love you!

~Love Mom

Miss Teen International Pageant-Jacksonville 2014

I’m so excited to be here!  I have worked this past year preparing for this opportunity to continue my “Spreading the N.E.W.S.S.” about heart healthy habits for children and teens.  Yesterday kicked off the pageant with Orientation and meeting all of my sister teen queens from around the world.  It’s so exciting to make new friends and be able to learn what other girls are passionate about.  This is an amazing group of young women and I am honored to be amongst them.  I also want to thank the International Pageant staff as they have been so very welcoming and helpful.  Here’s to a great week!  Fingers crossed and prayers appreciated.  Love you all and will keep you updated on my week here in Florida representing Indiana.

~Love Katelynne

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